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Breast cancer immunotherapy

Honggeng Guan, Yuqiu Wan, Jing Lan, Qin Wang, Zhangyu Wang, Yecheng Li, Jiqing Zheng, Xueguang Zhang, Zemin Wang, Yueping Shen, Fang Xie
Regulatory T cells (Tregs), a key mediator in regulating anti-tumor immune suppression, tumor immune escape, metastasis and relapse, are considered an important therapeutic target in immunotherapy of human cancers. In the present investigation, elevated CD19(+) CD24(+) CD38(+) regulatory B cells (Bregs) were observed in PBMCs of invasive carcinoma of breast (IBCa) patients compared with that in patients with fibroadenoma (FIBma) or healthy individuals, and the positive correlation existed between Bregs and CD4(+) CD25(+) CD127(-) Tregs (r = 0...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Mojtaba Rastgoosalami, Bahram Memar, Seyed Amir Aledavood, Azar Fanipakdel
BACKGROUND: Aberrant expression of cancer-testis antigens (CTA) in breast carcinoma tissue, and its natural expression in the testis, the tissue away from the immune system, makes them good candidates for cancer immunotherapy and vaccines designing. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess the expression of a CTA (MAGE-1) in invasive breast cancer and its correlation with prognostic factors. METHODS: Paraffin blocks of breast cancer tissues from 113 patients operated in 2011 - 2013 were stained for MAGE-1expression by immunohistochemistry (IHC)...
August 2016: Iranian Journal of Cancer Prevention
Behjatolah Monzavi-Karbassi, Fariba Jousheghany, Thomas Kieber-Emmons
Development of cancer vaccines targeting tumor-associated antigens (TAAs) is an alternative approach to chemotherapy with sustained anti-tumor effects. The success of active immunotherapy has been hampered by tumor-induced immune suppressors. Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are a population of immune suppressors with a proven role in regulating anti-tumor immune responses. Removing or subduing Tregs activity leads to more robust anti-tumor immune responses. Here, we used a cell-based vaccination strategy in the 4T1 murine mammary model to examine whether bulk removal of certain TAAs, using their glycan profile, can affect the immunogenicity of the vaccine...
October 19, 2016: Immunological Investigations
Rico D Bense, Christos Sotiriou, Martine J Piccart-Gebhart, John B A G Haanen, Marcel A T M van Vugt, Elisabeth G E de Vries, Carolien P Schröder, Rudolf S N Fehrmann
BACKGROUND: Not all breast cancer patients benefit from neoadjuvant or adjuvant therapy, resulting in considerable undertreatment or overtreatment. New insights into the role of tumor-infiltrating immune cells suggest that their composition, as well as their functionality, might serve as a biomarker to enable optimal patient selection for current systemic therapies and upcoming treatment options such as immunotherapy. METHODS: We performed several complementary unbiased in silico analyses on gene expression profiles of 7270 unrelated tumor samples of nonmetastatic breast cancer patients with known clinical follow-up...
January 2017: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Mengchao Shi, Kristopher A Kleski, Kevin R Trabbic, Jean-Paul Bourgault, Peter R Andreana
Sialyl Tn (STn) is a tumor associated carbohydrate antigen (TACA) that is overexpressed in a variety of carcinomas such as breast, ovarian and colon cancer. In normal tissue, STn is not detectable which is critical for opportunities in develop-ing cancer immunotherapies. A novel, entirely carbohydrate, semi-synthetic STn-PS A1 conjugate was prepared and eval-uated in C57BL/6 mice. STn-PS A1 was combined with commercially available monophosphoryl lipid A (MPL)-based ad-juvant and after immunization, ELISA indicated a strong immune response for inducing both anti-STn IgM/IgG antibod-ies...
October 11, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Anne Mobergslien, Qian Peng, Vlada Vasovic, Mouldy Sioud
Therapeutic strategies aiming at mobilizing immune effector cells to kill tumor cells independent of tumor mutational load and MHC expression status are expected to benefit cancer patients. Recently, we engineered various peptide-Fc fusion proteins for directing Fcg receptor-bearing immune cells toward tumor cells. Here, we investigated the immunostimulatory and anti-tumor effects of one of the engineered Fc fusion proteins (WN-Fc). In contrast to the Fc control, soluble WN-Fc-1 fusion protein activated innate immune cells (e...
October 4, 2016: Oncotarget
S Wang, M Kuczma, W Pi, V Kong, J Campbell, J Y Jin, G Zhou, F M Kong
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October 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Francesco Schettini, Mario Giuliano, Sabino De Placido, Grazia Arpino
Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) accounts for ∼10-20% of breast cancers and is associated with relatively poor prognosis, earlier disease recurrence and higher number of visceral metastases. Despite an increasing understanding of the molecular heterogeneity of TNBC, clinical trials of targeted agents have thus far been disappointing; chemotherapy, in particular with anthracycline and taxanes, remains the backbone medical management for both early and metastatic TNBC. Nab-paclitaxel is a solvent-free, albumin-bound, nanoparticle formulation of paclitaxel and represents a novel formulation of an established, effective chemotherapeutic agent...
September 12, 2016: Cancer Treatment Reviews
Jing Liu, Stephen J Blake, Michelle C R Yong, Heidi Harjunpaa, Shin Foong Ngiow, Kazuyoshi Takeda, Arabella Young, Jake S O'Donnell, Stacey Allen, Mark J Smyth, Michele W L Teng
Immunotherapy has recently entered a renaissance phase with the approval of multiple agents for the treatment of cancer. Immunotherapy stands ready to join traditional modalities, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and hormone therapy, as a pillar of cancer treatment. Although immunotherapy has begun to have success in advanced cancer treatment, its scheduling and efficacy with surgery to treat earlier stages of cancer and prevent distant metastases has not been systematically examined. Here, we have used two models of spontaneously metastatic breast cancers in mice, to illustrate the significantly greater therapeutic power of neoadjuvant, compared with adjuvant immunotherapies in the context of primary tumor resection...
September 23, 2016: Cancer Discovery
Emilie Le Rhun, Evanthia Galanis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To review recent original data on leptomeningeal metastases in patients with solid cancer. RECENT FINDINGS: Lung and breast cancer as well as melanoma remain the most common primaries. Advanced cytological methods and targeted sequencing for candidate tumor-specific mutations may improve the sensitivity of cerebrospinal fluid diagnostics in leptomeningeal metastases. Targeted treatments like epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors for non-small cell lung cancer, anti-human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 treatments for breast cancer or B-rapidly accelerated fibrosarcoma-targeted or immunotherapy for melanoma have an emerging role in the management of this condition...
September 22, 2016: Current Opinion in Neurology
Anselmo Papa, Davide Caruso, Martina Strudel, Silverio Tomao, Federica Tomao
BACKGROUND: Despite standard treatment for epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC), that involves cytoreductive surgery followed by platinum-based chemotherapy, and initial high response rates to these, up to 80 % of patients experience relapses with a median progression-free survival of 12-18 months. There remains an urgent need for novel targeted therapies to improve clinical outcomes in ovarian cancer. Of the many targeted therapies currently under evaluation, the most promising strategies developed thus far are antiangiogenic agents and Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitors...
2016: Journal of Translational Medicine
Shirin Mahmoodi, Navid Nezafat, Abolfazl Barzegar, Monica Negahdaripour, Ali-Reza Nikanfar, Nosratollah Zarghami, Younes Ghasemi
Breast cancer (BC) remains as one of the important causes of cancer deaths among women globally. Therefore, finding an effective treatment for BC is really needed. Cancer immunotherapy, as an emerging field, has a notable role in BC therapy. Peptide vaccines possess an outstanding role among different strategies in cancer immunotherapy. In vaccine design for cancer, induction of cellular and humoral immune responses should be considered. In the current study, cytolytic T lymphocytes (CTL) epitopes were evoked from human epidermal growth factor receptor (HER2), mucin 1 protein (MUC1), and heparanase antigenic proteins; and helper T lymphocytes (HTL) epitopes were determined from survivin protein by various immunoinformatics servers...
September 14, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Zhenyu Xu, Jing Shen, Maggie Haitian Wang, Tao Yi, Yangyang Yu, Yinxin Zhu, Bo Chen, Jianping Chen, Longfei Li, Minxing Li, Jian Zuo, Hui Jiang, Dexi Zhou, Jiajie Luan, Zhangang Xiao
The B7 gene family has crucial roles in the regulation of adaptive cellular immunity. In cancer, deregulation of co-inhibitory B7 molecules is associated with reduced antitumor immunity and cancer immune evasion. FDA approval of cancer immunotherapy antibodies against cytotoxic T lymphocyte-associated protein 4 (CTLA-4) and programmed cell death-1 (PD-1)-both ligands of the B7 family-demonstrate the impact of these checkpoint regulators in cancer. Using data from cBioPortal, we performed comprehensive molecular profiling of the 10 currently known B7 family proteins in 105 different cancers...
August 2016: Oncoimmunology
Elisa Cappuzzello, Anna Tosi, Paola Zanovello, Roberta Sommaggio, Antonio Rosato
Cytokine-induced Killer (CIK) cells are a heterogeneous population of ex vivo expanded T lymphocytes capable of MHC-unrestricted antitumor activity, which share phenotypic and functional features with both NK and T cells. Preclinical data and initial clinical studies demonstrated their high tolerability in vivo, supporting CIK cells as a promising cell population for adoptive cell immunotherapy. In this study, we report for the first time that CIK cells display a donor-dependent expression of CD16, which can be engaged by trastuzumab or cetuximab to exert a potent antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC) against ovarian and breast cancer cell lines, leading to an increased lytic activity in vitro, and an enhanced therapeutic efficacy in vivo...
August 2016: Oncoimmunology
Josef Singer, Krisztina Manzano-Szalai, Judit Fazekas, Kathrin Thell, Anna Bentley-Lukschal, Caroline Stremnitzer, Franziska Roth-Walter, Margit Weghofer, Mirko Ritter, Kerstin Pino Tossi, Markus Hörer, Uwe Michaelis, Erika Jensen-Jarolim
BACKGROUND: Anticancer vaccines could represent a valuable complementary strategy to established therapies, especially in settings of early stage and minimal residual disease. HER-2 is an important target for immunotherapy and addressed by the monoclonal antibody trastuzumab. We have previously generated HER-2 mimotope peptides from phage display libraries. The synthesized peptides were coupled to carriers and applied for epitope-specific induction of trastuzumab-like IgG. For simplification and to avoid methodological limitations of synthesis and coupling chemistry, we herewith present a novel and optimized approach by using adeno-associated viruses (AAV) as effective and high-density mimotope-display system, which can be directly used for vaccination...
July 2016: Oncoimmunology
David B Page, Jianda Yuan, David Redmond, Y Hanna Wen, Jeremy C Durack, Ryan Emerson, Stephen Solomon, Zhiwan Dong, Phillip Wong, Christopher Comstock, Adi Diab, Janice Sung, Majid Maybody, Elizabeth Morris, Edi Brogi, Monica Morrow, Virgilio Sacchini, Olivier Elemento, Harlan Robins, Sujata Patil, James P Allison, Jedd D Wolchok, Clifford Hudis, Larry Norton, Heather L McArthur
In early-stage breast cancer, the degree of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) predicts response to chemotherapy and overall survival. Combination immunotherapy with immune checkpoint antibody plus tumor cryoablation can induce lymphocytic infiltrates and improve survival in mice. We used T-cell receptor (TCR) DNA sequencing to evaluate both the effect of cryoimmunotherapy in humans and the feasibility of TCR sequencing in early-stage breast cancer. In a pilot clinical trial, 18 women with early-stage breast cancer were treated preoperatively with cryoablation, single-dose anti-CTLA-4 (ipilimumab), or cryoablation + ipilimumab...
October 2016: Cancer Immunology Research
Duane H Hamilton, Mario Roselli, Patrizia Ferroni, Leopoldo Costarelli, Francesco Cavaliere, Mariateresa Taffuri, Claudia Palena, Fiorella Guadagni
Patients diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) have a high rate of tumor metastasis and a poor prognosis. The treatment option for these patients is currently chemotherapy, which results in very low response rates. Strategies that exploit the immune system for the treatment of cancer have now shown the ability to improve survival in several tumor types. Identifying potential targets for immune therapeutic interventions is an important step in developing novel treatments for TNBC. In this study, in silico analysis of publicly available datasets and immunohistochemical analysis of primary and metastatic tumor biopsies from TNBC patients were conducted to evaluate the expression of the transcription factor brachyury, which is a driver of tumor metastasis and resistance and a target for cancer vaccine approaches...
October 2016: Endocrine-related Cancer
Xin Wang, Feifei Teng, Li Kong, Jinming Yu
PD-L1 is an immunoinhibitory molecule that suppresses the activation of T cells, leading to the progression of tumors. Overexpression of PD-L1 in cancers such as gastric cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, renal cell carcinoma, esophageal cancer, pancreatic cancer, ovarian cancer, and bladder cancer is associated with poor clinical outcomes. In contrast, PD-L1 expression correlates with better clinical outcomes in breast cancer and merkel cell carcinoma. The prognostic value of PD-L1 expression in lung cancer, colorectal cancer, and melanoma is controversial...
2016: OncoTargets and Therapy
Mozafar Mohammadi, Foroogh Nejatollahi, Younes Ghasemi, Sayyid Nooreddin Faraji
Breast cancer is the most common malignancy in women. Altered expression of MUC18, a cell surface receptor, and its interaction with Wnt-5a as its ligand, affects the motility and invasiveness of breast cancer cells. In this study, we explored the Wnt-5a binding site and designed an antigenic epitope on the MUC18 receptor using in silico methods. A specific single-chain variable fragment (scFv) was isolated against the epitope by several panning processes. The binding ability of the scFv to the related epitope was evaluated in ELISA and flow cytometry...
August 27, 2016: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Eriko Katsuta, Stephanie C DeMasi, Krista P Terracina, Sarah Spiegel, Giao Q Phan, Harry D Bear, Kazuaki Takabe
BACKGROUND: Interest in immunotherapy for breast cancer is rapidly emerging, and applicable animal models that mimic human cancer are urgently needed for preclinical studies. This study aimed to improve a technique for orthotopic inoculation of syngeneic breast cancer cells to be used as a preclinical animal model for immunotherapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We used our previously reported murine model of orthotopic cancer cell inoculation under direct vision and compared the efficiency of tumorigenesis with tumor cells suspended in either phosphate-buffered saline or Matrigel containing varying numbers of cells...
August 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
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